Sat, Nov. 16

Camp Verde man arrested on weapons charge

Yavapai County Sheriff’s Office deputies investigating a possible kidnapping wound up arresting a Camp Verde man on a weapons charge Wednesday.

At about 10 p.m. Wednesday, the office received a call of a possible kidnapping that just occurred at a residence in the 5400 block of Bice Road in Rimrock.

It was reported that Joshua Allen Baker, 21, of Camp Verde, had taken his girlfriend at gunpoint and fled in a pick-up truck.

While deputies were on their way to the residence they observed the suspect vehicle traveling west on Arizona 260 at Park Verde. Deputies activated their emergency lights and sirens and attempted to stop the vehicle.

The vehicle continued through several residential streets before coming to a stop at the intersection of Arizona 260 and Horseshoe Bend.

The girlfriend did not admit to being forced into the vehicle at gunpoint or any wrong doing on the part of Baker. However, deputies searched the suspect for weapons and found one live 9-mm round of ammunition on his person.

The girlfriend later admitted that her boyfriend threw an object out of the vehicle prior to stopping for police. Deputies searched the area and did in fact locate a loaded 9-mm Ruger handgun.

According to sheriff's office records, Baker is a prohibited possessor and is currently on a pre-trial release order from the courts.

Baker is charged with one count of misconduct involving weapons, a Class 6 felony.

He was booked at the Yavapai County Jail in Camp Verde.

I-17 closed as trucks collide, one driver hurt

A truck hauling hydrochloric acid collided with a truck hauling cattle Wednesday and the resulting mess kept the northbound lanes of 1-17 closed at Camp Verde for almost 24 hours and sending the driver of one truck to the hospital.

Details are not complete but, according to Arizona Department of Public Safety reports, the vehicle carrying the hydrochloric acid ran into the back of the vehicle carrying the cattle, said Department of Public Safety spokesman Mark Hall.

The driver of the truck loaded with acid, John C. Apperson of Brandywine, Md., was injured and taken to John C. Lincoln North Hospital in Phoenix. His condition was unknown.

The driver of the cattle truck, Lynn C. Dool, 37 and his passenger, Linda Dool, 36, both of Ontario, was treated adn released from Verde Valley Medical Center for their minor injuries.

None of the cattle were injured and were transferred to another truck.

The accident occurred just south of the Camp Verde turnoff and traffic was rerouted through the town of Camp Verde on General Crook Trail Road. The cause of the accident is still under investigation.

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